After serving families with disabilities at Easterseals for 17 years, state budget cuts left Kendra Brooks without a job. While she searched for a new one, she became a parent leader of her children's public school in the neighborhood of Nicetown.
When a local charter school made a bid to take over, she organized the school's parents to make their voices heard. This fight lead to national media attention, and gave Kendra a taste of what victory on behalf of her community feels like.
She had "taken the pill from The Matrix," and in 2019 ran for a Philadelphia City Council at-large seat. She campaigned as a member of the Working Families Party. Winning that election would mean that she would be the first at-large city councilmember in history to represent a party other than Democrat or Republican.
It would also mean that her and her family's life would be changed forever.
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